Senior Associate, Stateline

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 5 months ago(4/10/2020 8:20 PM)
Job ID
Program-Research & Science
The Pew Charitable Trusts


The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our hometown and the majority of our staff located in Washington, D.C., our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.
Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.
The Research and Science Portfolio in Program
The research and science portfolio includes programmatic, functional, and outreach elements. It spans all of Pew’s programmatic work with a focus on advancing quality research and science and deploying research expertise to further the goals of ongoing projects. The portfolio reviews the design of new research projects across the institution to ensure they are high-quality, unbiased, and methodologically sound. The programmatic elements of the portfolio include specific projects related to biomedical science, environmental science, and fiscal federalism. In addition, research and science has a role in communicating timely, accurate information on state issues to the general public as the Pew daily news publication, Stateline, is part of our organization.
A project of the Pew Charitable Trusts based in Washington, D.C., Stateline reports on state and local issues. In addition to publishing original content every weekday, Stateline collects state and local stories from around the country for its daily newsletter and produces special reports, such as its annual State of the States series. Stateline’s readership includes thousands of state officials, policymakers, business leaders, journalists, students of state government and ordinary citizens. The content appears at; the stories also run on news sites and in newspapers around the country. 
Position Overview
The senior associate, copy editor, will be primarily responsible for serving as the final gatekeeper before the publication of Stateline content. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Stateline team, supporting the journalistic mission of the project by ensuring that articles are accurate and meet Pew’s rigorous standards. The senior associate will need to have a fondness for fact-checking, a keen eye for grammar, a good understanding of AP style and story flow, and a collaborative approach to working with reporters, other editors, and our production colleagues. 
The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the project director, executive editor. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support. 


  • Fact-check all Stateline articles on state policy by verifying public information and double-checking information collected from sources.
  • Determine whether Stateline stories meet Pew standards of nonpartisanship and objectivity.
  • Copy-edit all Stateline articles for spelling, grammar, formatting and adherence to Associated Press style.
  • Assist with photo choices, including securing proper rights and permissions.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to the digital production team. Manage the relationship by ensuring that Stateline’s requests do not exceed production’s capacity to deliver.
  • Oversee the design and publication of Stateline graphics. Edit the graphics for clarity and relevance.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • At least four years of applicable experience; some experience with copy-editing and fact-checking a plus.
  • Thorough knowledge of Associated Press style.
  • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
  • Strong intellectual curiosity. Demonstrated interest and skills in researching public policy issues.
  • Ability to learn and master new issues quickly.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details.
This position requires minimal travel to meetings and conferences.
Total Rewards
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 


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